Apple CEO Tim Cook was a special guest of the first lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union event. During the State of the Union speech by President Obama, he mentioned Apple will be manufacturing some of its computers in the United States.

This means a lot of new job openings will land in California this year.

Today, Apple and its affiliated stores have announced all 13″ Apple MacBook Pro Retina displays and non-Retina MacBooks dropped $200. The exception is the 15″ MacBook Pro Retina display, but that model is getting a CPU upgrade (2.4GHz and 2.7GHz quad-core processors), and 16GB Ram instead.

Nowadays, I’d rather build my own PC computer or get a cheaper Dell or ASUS laptop. Kinda odd for me when my first computer was an Apple G4 Tower, but everyone has a right to choose.

If you are a Mac or PC user, and fancied upgrading to a Apple MacBook Pro Retina display, this sounds like the best timing to do so while supplies last.

I just got a message, B&H gives free or discounted software (Value $59.99) & 50% off AppleCare to new orders. Browse through the different Apple MacBook Pro Retina display and Non-Retina options here.

  • The 13″ MacBook Pro Retina with 128GB SSD was cut by $200 to $1,449.
  • The 13″ MacBook Pro Retina with 256GB SSD by $300 to $1,599.
  • The 13″ MacBook Air with 256GB SSD has been cut by $100 to $1,349.
  • The 15″ Retina MacBook Pro models remain priced at $2,199 and $2,799 with CPU/RAM upgrades

2013 State of the Union (video)

Apple bringing computer manufacturing to USA at 22:47

Press Release

CUPERTINO, California—February 13, 2013—Apple® is making the MacBook Pro® with Retina® display faster and more affordable with updated processors and lower starting prices. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now starts at $1,499 for 128GB of flash, and $1,699 for a new 2.6 GHz processor and 256GB of flash. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now features a faster 2.4 GHz quad-core processor, and the top-of-the-line 15-inch notebook comes with a new 2.7 GHz quad-core processor and 16GB of memory. Apple today also announced that the 13-inch MacBook Air® with 256GB of flash has a new lower price of $1,399.

The MacBook Pro with Retina display features the world’s highest resolution notebook display. Whether you’re reading emails, writing text, editing home movies in HD or retouching professional photography, everything appears vibrant, detailed and sharp, delivering an unrivaled viewing experience. The MacBook Pro with Retina display features flash storage that is up to four times faster than traditional notebook hard drives, and delivers improved reliability, instant-on responsiveness and up to 30 days of standby time.